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Jerry Jones likes what he sees of Dez Bryant

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Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones is liking what he’s seeing from Dez Bryant so far this offseason.

When asked if Bryant has done everything he needs to do to earn a new contract with the Cowboys, Jones didn’t want to commit. But he did say Bryant is in better shape than he’s ever been before.

“Well, I don’t want to get into off the field, at all,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “But Dez, from the standpoint of his direct team activities, his preparation, his conditioning, he’s in better shape than he’s been. He needed to be in better shape as compared to the last several years. He certainly advanced from the standpoint of his route running, his awareness. All of that is a good thing. He needs to continue to work on his conditioning, so all of that is very good. But I’m not at liberty or wouldn’t talk about anything off the field.”

Specifically regarding Bryant’s contract, Jones said, “I don’t know that we have any issues relative to timing there, at all, with any of our contracts.”

Bryant is a bargain for the Cowboys this year, with a 2014 salary of $1.78 million. He’s scheduled to become a free agent next year. Getting into the best shape of his career now is a good way to ensure that he’ll get big money in 2015.

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50 Responses to “Jerry Jones likes what he sees of Dez Bryant”
  1. longislandcowboysfan33 says: Jun 17, 2014 7:50 PM

    Gotta love his commitment to football. Keep focused and keep grinding Dez.

  2. medialovesthecowboys says: Jun 17, 2014 7:52 PM

    If Dez wore a helmet that didn’t have a star on it, he would be a top five player in the eyes of most of you.

    Watching him play every game has made me realize that if he can commit to being the best, he actually has the ability to be the best…ever.

    It’s a tall order, and only a select few really ever reach that echelon. But don’t say this guy can’t ball.

  3. qdog112 says: Jun 17, 2014 7:52 PM

    High praise, until time to pay.

  4. indyhorsepower says: Jun 17, 2014 7:53 PM

    This guy is one of the bigger waste of god-given talent I have seen. Great players are in the best shape of their career every year, not just contract years. Throw out all of the crap he gets into outside the game, he will go down as a good reciever with HOF talent. This is Jerry’s type of player, good reason why the team wont win anything of significance while he is the GM.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Jun 17, 2014 7:58 PM

    JJ will overpay him next year. Count on it.

  6. seahawkswilson says: Jun 17, 2014 7:58 PM

    Jones also routinely praises Romo, so his word means nothing.

  7. edzo82270 says: Jun 17, 2014 8:08 PM

    Not a Boys fan but, with the recent news of players blowing their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th chances, it seems as if Bryant has seen what is in front of him in terms of earning potential and career longevity. Things can change but I hope they don’t as he’s fun to watch play and seeing a player make positive strides in life would be nice for a change.

  8. packerbackernj says: Jun 17, 2014 8:08 PM

    He will vanish by week 9.

  9. ariani1985 says: Jun 17, 2014 8:12 PM

    And I sure don’t like what I see about Wisconsin women.

  10. conspiracybrotherjones says: Jun 17, 2014 8:21 PM

    As long as he isn’t slappin’ his mammy…

  11. briscocountyjr says: Jun 17, 2014 8:24 PM

    How hard is it for these guys to work out, geez.. it’s their only job! He should work out with Big Ben, at least Bryant doesn’t look like a hamster in a steeler’s uniform.

  12. raiderapologist says: Jun 17, 2014 8:36 PM

    medialovesthecowboys says: Jun 17, 2014 7:52 PM

    If Dez wore a helmet that didn’t have a star on it, he would be a top five player in the eyes of most of you.
    ——————-
    His numbers suggest he’s a top 25 guy. That’s why Jerruh is trying to lit a fire.

  13. babygaga19 says: Jun 17, 2014 8:36 PM

    Wow, just amazing how JJ keeps himself in the limelight. The Rooneys never did.

  14. gbmickey says: Jun 17, 2014 8:38 PM

    Obviously Jerry cannot evaluate talent very well so what does this really mean? Doesnt he make statements like this every year but when season is done he is home watching the playoffs.

  15. guachosporlife says: Jun 17, 2014 8:39 PM

    Dez will leave Megatron in the junkyard this year. He will have s monster season.

  16. s0merand0mguy says: Jun 17, 2014 8:55 PM

    If Jerry the worst thinks Dez looks great he’s most likely looking the same as always.

  17. Eli Pacheco says: Jun 17, 2014 8:57 PM

    Too bad there’s no way this early to see if Dez has strengthened his ability to subdue his own ego. We’ll have to all find that out together.

  18. jayblack073 says: Jun 17, 2014 9:05 PM

    I can’t knock Cowboys fans for their dedication, or maybe it’s because Jerry lets them think they have a shot every year only to blow it in the last game. But anyway, if Dez knows what’s good for him he will sign nothing Jerry gives to him and go to a team without a megalomaniac owner/gm/wannabe coach that has run the franchise into the ground since he took control of it. And before you fans get mad at me, it’s not the team, it’s Jerry. Also, I like Tony Romo he’s one of the most underrated players ever.

  19. uglydingo says: Jun 17, 2014 9:10 PM

    Jerry – please show your faith in Dez Bryant by paying him Megatron WR money.
    Words are cheap, Dez is the best decision that you made as a GM. Time to show him the money.

  20. mazenblue says: Jun 17, 2014 9:13 PM

    Does he now? Good for him. Good for Dez too. I bet they share hookers.

  21. mackcarrington says: Jun 17, 2014 9:14 PM

    Didn’t want to mention the off- field stuff. Does that mean that Dez has been ditching his “baby-sitter” and is back into nightclub, strip-club hijinks?

  22. noleitup says: Jun 17, 2014 9:14 PM

    I think Dez Bryant is a heck of football player but… I feel like Jerry Jones says this every year. Deja Vu?

  23. noleitup says: Jun 17, 2014 9:15 PM

    I think Dez Bryant is a heck of a football player but… I feel like Jerry Jones says this every year. Deja Vu?

  24. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 17, 2014 9:19 PM

    But can he be the Zack Martin of WRs?

  25. bearshaterseverywhere says: Jun 17, 2014 9:33 PM

    Until Jerry “Dementia” Jones is gone the Cowboys are doomed…..no matter what. Period.

  26. higheriqthanyou says: Jun 17, 2014 9:37 PM

    Too bad he doesn’t have a QB, coach or GM to back him up.

  27. fordmandalay says: Jun 17, 2014 9:39 PM

    It doesn’t really matter what shape Dez is in this year – the probability is that he’ll have Brandon Weeden throwing passes in his vague general direction by week 5 after Romo’s back goes ping.

  28. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 17, 2014 9:50 PM

    Sooner or later I think Jerry will have to cough up more money for Dez. Abd it may just cost more waiting.

    With Linehan’s input on the offense, I look for Dez to put up big numbers this year.

  29. gavriloprincip33 says: Jun 17, 2014 10:03 PM

    If it’s pre-season then Dez will be beast, the Cowboys are going to gave a great year and they will win it all…

    Come back in January and we will talk!

  30. scrotiemcb says: Jun 17, 2014 10:12 PM

    Denver was right, though– selecting DT before Dez. No baby-sitter bills.

  31. dickshotdogs says: Jun 17, 2014 10:13 PM

    8-8. Maybe.

  32. packmangamble says: Jun 17, 2014 10:17 PM

    Who cares what Jerry Jones says, he isn’t the coach. Find some other trash besides Jerry Jones to report on!

  33. rmaxmaicon says: Jun 17, 2014 10:49 PM

    DEZ BRYANT will break several records as a WR and be a 1st ballot HOF player….book it!
    GO COWBOYS!

  34. officialgame says: Jun 17, 2014 11:16 PM

    Jerry needs to pay this guy what he’s not worth and screw up his CAP space for 5 more years.

  35. phukurmouf says: Jun 17, 2014 11:58 PM

    Amazing how it took til the final year of his contract to get in the best shape. Remarkable timing i tell ya!

  36. tigeralum2010 says: Jun 18, 2014 12:23 AM

    lol @ the cowboys haters, Dez is a beast. 0 issues off the field since “mall-gate”. Much rather deal with that then something like aaron hernandez, right?

    Every team except the lions and bengals would take him as their wr1

  37. usdcoyotesfan says: Jun 18, 2014 1:27 AM

    Forever 8-8.

  38. joetoronto says: Jun 18, 2014 5:02 AM

    Cowboys fans have no hope at all, not today, not tomorrow, never.

  39. nokoolaidcowboy says: Jun 18, 2014 6:55 AM

    Our biggest problem with players is AFTER they get the big fat contracts.

  40. SparkyGump says: Jun 18, 2014 7:20 AM

    Jerry Jones sees a glory hole.

  41. gpete1962 says: Jun 18, 2014 7:51 AM

    Doesn’t he say this about all his players?

  42. baddegg says: Jun 18, 2014 8:11 AM

    medialovesthecowboys says:
    Jun 17, 2014 7:52 PM
    If Dez wore a helmet that didn’t have a star on it, he would be a top five player in the eyes of most of you.

    Watching him play every game has made me realize that if he can commit to being the best, he actually has the ability to be the best…ever.

    It’s a tall order, and only a select few really ever reach that echelon. But don’t say this guy can’t ball.
    —————–
    I see what you are saying about the Cowboy hate but “the best ever”? The best ever receiver was Jerry Rice, who not only had the talent but a preparation and work ethic that was off the charts.

    Even as compared to today’s receivers, most would argue that Megatron is the best out there currently.

    I think Bryant is a good receiver and you definitely can argue top 5 today but throwing around terms like “best ever” is a bit over the top.

  43. deafcone says: Jun 18, 2014 9:10 AM

    Megatron is a beast and will end up best ever to play the position. Last year he played wit a finger on one hand at a 90 degree angle the entire season and still put up good numbers. he’s fully healthy this year and will blow the league up. It’s great Dez is in great shape this year but he needs that commitment every year, not just a contract year. with Romo throwing to him Dez will be having temper tantrums all season long.

  44. scrotiemcb says: Jun 18, 2014 10:26 AM

    For all you that down-voted the idea that Denver was right selecting DT before Dez. DT is the better player, better man, and more productive.

    “Thomas has been one of the NFL’s most productive wide receivers over the last two seasons with 186 receptions (sixth in the NFL), 2,864 receiving yards (third in the NFL) and 24 touchdowns (tied for third in the NFL). In 2013, he joined Larry Fitzgerald, Marvin Harrison, Terrell Owens and Jerry Rice as the only wide receivers in NFL history with consecutive seasons of at least 90 catches, 1,400 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions. Thomas also led the NFL with 704 yards after the catch in 2013 and was second in receptions of more than 25 yards with 17.” NFP

  45. gylven says: Jun 18, 2014 10:31 AM

    stafford is the prince of interceptions only 2nd to king eli

  46. notthetroll says: Jun 18, 2014 10:32 AM

    the only complaint I have about Dez vs. other top WRs is he fumbles more than the likes of CJ, Fitz, AJ.
    He’ll get his and it will be sweet.

  47. notthetroll says: Jun 18, 2014 10:34 AM

    People need to smash the brakes on ‘best ever’ I personally, would be happy with better than Irvin including Irvin’s leadership.
    It goes Jerry Rice _____________(big gap)________everyone else.

  48. politicallyincorrect says: Jun 18, 2014 10:44 AM

    I love Dez… hope Cowboys sign him long-term

    hope Cowboys keep same HC and GM, continuity is good

    I am a Redskins fan!

    Long live Perpetual Mediocrity and popularity!

  49. mtntexas says: Jun 19, 2014 8:35 PM

    In fact, Jerry says, ” Dez looks every bit as good in the shower as Troy did.”

  50. 88xfactor says: Jun 24, 2014 12:58 AM

    Dez is the best receiver in the NFC East for sure. So all u Dez haters can get ready for him to clown in that decision for sure. I see you Giant and Packer fans talking trash about Dez problems off the field, of which he has had none. Hell Ray Lewis did’nt get that much hate when he was on trial for murder.

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